05/16/2002 11:00PM

Hasta La Vista: Adminniestrator's an out-of-town threat


PHOENIX - It's called the Hasta La Vista for a reason. The Turf Paradise season is coming to a close and, as is customary, the $50,000 Hasta La Vista Handicap at 1 7/8 miles on turf Sunday brings down the curtain on the long live racing season, which began in late September.

The Hasta La Vista is always interesting. Horses don't often get a chance to race the 1 7/8-mile distance in the United States, and this year's race has lured a field of 12.

But, as is the case in so many of the stakes at Turf Paradise, the horse to beat isn't a local. It is an invader from Southern California.

Adminniestrator comes here at the height of his powers, having won the restricted Quicken Tree at Holly-wood Park April 28.

He beat such stalwarts as Turkish Prize and Our Main Man there, and his grinding, never-say-die style is perfectly suited to a marathon such as the Hasta La Vista. Sure, he never has run 15 furlongs, but the Quicken Tree is at 12 furlongs, and in his other attempt at a distance - the 2001 Quicken Tree, also at 12 furlongs - he closed strongly to be second, beaten by a neck.

The horse who beat him, Ringa-skiddy, is the recent Grade 1 San Juan Capistrano winner at 1 3/4 miles.

Adminniestrator will carry highweight of 127 pounds on Sunday, and that could be a hurdle. Only once in the past 14 months has he carried more than 121 pounds, though he did win that day. Danny Sorenson will ride.

The local contingent is well represented. The Dennis Weir-owned entry of Eagleton and Bristolville packs a wallop, particularly since both halves have legitimate claims to this throne. Eagleton comes off a big win in the 1 3/8-mile Wildcat on this turf course, winning over stablemate Bristolville by two lengths. That was his first start in about seven weeks so he's liable to do even better here. Miguel Hernandez rides at 126 pounds.

Bristolville, while unable to catch his stablemate last time, had previously been a 7 3/4-length winner in a nine-furlong allowance race on the turf. Regular rider Kelly Bridges has the call at 125 pounds. Bristolville is trying for his sixth win over this turf course in nine attempts. Kevin Lewis trains both.

Belgravia is a longshot with a chance. An 8-year-old gelded son of Rainbow Quest, he has back-class, having raced in New York and California. Distance is his game. And he comes off a strong runner-up effort, in which he closed powerfully to be second. Trained by Cory Kellogg, Belgravia gets in at 114 pounds under Scott Stevens - and that weight spread over this amount of ground could be key.

Live racing in Arizona resumes May 25 at Yavapai Downs near Prescott, and runs through Sept. 3